Google Earth Builder Allows Companies To Process And Store ... Google Maps and Earth are both massively popular consumer products produced by Google.
In fact, Google Earth has been downloaded over 700 million times and Maps has become one of the most popular cross-platform online mapping applications in the world. Today, Google is blending the capabilities of the backend of these mapping products into an enterprise oriented application—Google Earth Builder.
The product allows users to upload, process and store geospatial data in the Google Cloud. Many government agencies, environmental companies and more have massive amounts of geographic data and maps that need to be organized, stored and categorized for use. There are traditional on-premise products that help companies do this, but Google is hoping to enter this space with a cloud-based product that brings the ease of use of Maps and Earth to the enterprise.
Earth Builder Allows Companies To Process And Store Geospatial Data In The Cloud. Amazon unveils cloud music player. 29 March 2011Last updated at 08:47 Cloud Player users get 5Gb of storage, but can buy up to 1Tb Amazon has unveiled an online music service that lets users upload songs and play them from a range of devices.
The internet retailer launched its Cloud Player in the US, ahead of rivals Apple and Google which are rumoured to be developing similar systems. Users are given 5Gb of storage space, roughly equivalent to 1,200 tracks, but can opt to pay for additional capacity. The Cloud Player is currently only available through web browsers and mobile devices running Google Android. Commenting on the launch, Amazon's vice president of movies and music, Bill Carr said: "Our customers have told us they don't want to download music to their work computers or phones because they find it hard to move music around to different devices.
" Rival systems Speculation has been rife that Apple would launch a cloud based version of iTunes since it purchased the online music service Lala in December 2009. How To Build a Cheap Petabyte Server: Lessons Learned. Wed, 09 Sep 2009 11:43 Tim Higgins Introduction Many SmallNetBuilder readers realize that the prices that companies like NETGEAR, QNAP, Synology, Thecus and others charge for their high-end "business class" NASes are significantly more than the cost of equivalent NASes that they could build themselves.
Of course, we all realize that companies are in business to make a profit, so they aren't going to be giving the fruits of their labor away. But sometimes, the difference between what you can build yourself and what you have to pay for what you can buy is big enough to make you take the plunge into building your own NAS. Cloud backup company Backblaze had the same idea when they looked at the cost of buying "big iron" storage. They first looked at commercial solutions. Figure 1: Cost of a Petabyte (Courtesy Backblaze) I'm not going to go into all the details of Backblaze's design. The Basic Design Backblaze's Storage Pod is made up of a custom metal case with commodity hardware inside. Petabytes on a budget: How to build cheap cloud storage ... At Backblaze, we provide unlimited storage to our customers for only $5 per month, so we had to figure out how to store hundreds of petabytes of customer data in a reliable, scalable way—and keep our costs low.
After looking at several overpriced commercial solutions, we decided to build our own custom Backblaze Storage Pods: 67 terabyte 4U servers for $7,867. What we actually provide for our customers is online backup for home and business online backup for work. However, in this post, we’ll share how to make one of these storage pods, and you’re welcome to use this design. Our hope is that by sharing, others can benefit and, ultimately, refine this concept and send improvements back to us. Evolving and lowering costs is critical to our continuing success at Backblaze.
Below is a video that shows a 3-D model of the Backblaze Storage Pod. You can download the full 3-D model of the Backblaze Storage Pod here. Backblaze Needs Plenty of Reliable, Cheap Storage Cloud Storage: The Next Step.